|Outcast of the Islands|
So what's in this blend? Lemon Hart 151, a staple in the art of Tiki, forms the (strong) backbone about which the love happens and the harmony of flavors erupt. After my first few sips its complexity became clear and I needn't rush the foreplay at hand. Try following along using your mind's tongue. Really, let's keep it clean people! Or not? I initially notice the bold demerara flavors of Lemon Hart mingling with the fresh lime juice. Then, the mildly aromatic, but pungent flavor of the tamarind paste really gets the juices going. In fact, it is one of the few rum libations I am aware of, outside the Jamaican Cockfight, which uses this exotic ingredient. After I started moving my straw, faster up and down, the exterior of the glass becomes covered in a silver frost. Beautiful...and dripping wet (see photo). Grab hold of the hard cinnamon stick and try sipping out of it just for fun. The wave of flavor coats my tongue as the liquid slowly moves inside my mouth; subtle, but sweet, the cinnamon syrup shines mid palate opening up to the Dry Sack Sherry fruity notes as I swallow. Yum! The finish is equally satisfying revealing a pleasant array of floral agricole found in Clément Première Canne. Like the book the cocktail is named after, lose your way in all of the nature found in this vessel and contemplate your satisfaction and perhaps another selection from the Tiki menu."We had some cinnamon syrup sitting for Zombies and I wanted to do something else with it. I love sherry, and I threw the two together with some Jamaican Rum....a good idea but it needed more." He then called upon Jana and proudly went on about how she, "dialed in a good roasty aromatic rum blend and the masterful stroke of using tamarind..."
Cheers to Connor and Jana for this delicious cocktail!
A Closing Quote
A Closing Quote
"I know the white man...in many lands have I seen them, always the slaves of their desires..."
Outcast of the Islands (1896), Joseph Conrad
New Menu Q & A: I ask Jana about the new menu changes. She tells me her favorite addition is the new Daiquiri section. Each daiquiri variation has a unique flavor profile and allows for easy selection. She says, pointing to the Tiki section, "advanced tiki is happening here" and by way of Tiki Tuesdays, is "building trust" in those who aren't yet familiar. I will also add the new menu format is easier to use and opens up to show off a centerfold featuring their captain's list. Here is where you will find, not only the amazing selection of rums but new prices, many of which are lower! Yes, that's right folks, more quality rums for a lower price. Win!! I ask is there anything not on the new menu and she smiles and replies "only a few rums and obviously unlisted C#*!n shit". Rum love!!
Kudoz to Rumba for a great job on their new menu!